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Old 07-25-2006, 06:30 AM   #1
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Does it really mank a difference if i boil in a Aluminum stock pot or a stainless steel pot? I feel like making the move to AG and need a bigger pot for the bigger starting wort. So is the extra $$ worth it?

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:36 AM   #2
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Well...I have had an aluminum pot start to melt on me before (not literally on me), when I moved it off the burner into the sink it dripped molten aluminum and cracked it a lot, had to buy a new sink...that was my fault for not being watchful enough, but also for using something with such a low melting temp.

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Old 07-25-2006, 01:28 PM   #3
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Neither,

I use one of those enameled lobster pots.

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Old 07-25-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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I belive Aluminium reacts to the acidic nature of wort.

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Old 07-25-2006, 03:02 PM   #5
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I believe Aluminium reacts to the acidic nature of wort.
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go with aluminum unless you can find some kegs at the local scrap yard. aluminum is just fine. to clean them use only mild dish detergent and a soft sponge. don't use caustic chemicals on aluminum.

that's it. no mysteries.

of course if you want i can dredge up FDA reports and alzheimers.org reports to concur with the safeness of aluminum...but really if you take care of your aluminum it will be fine.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:16 PM   #6
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Can I sanitize my aluminum pot with bleach?

If we're gonna start a flame war, might as well go full-bore...

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Old 07-25-2006, 03:44 PM   #7
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go with aluminum unless you can find some kegs at the local scrap yard. aluminum is just fine. to clean them use only mild dish detergent and a soft sponge. don't use caustic chemicals on aluminum.

that's it. no mysteries.

of course if you want i can dredge up FDA reports and alzheimers.org reports to concur with the safeness of aluminum...but really if you take care of your aluminum it will be fine.
I'm just sayin' I read that somewhere. Ass.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:52 PM   #8
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John Palmer said he uses aluminium on the 'basic brewing radio' podcast.

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Old 07-25-2006, 03:52 PM   #9
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new aluminum pots can leave off flavors in the beer the first few times they are used. You can simply boil water in it for a good half hour, dump the water, and then make beer. Its not the best thing to use. Im fond of the enamled lobster pots, you just have to take care not to bang them around and scratch the enamel. Use a wooden or plastic spoon/paddle only as metal will chip the enamel.

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Old 07-25-2006, 05:44 PM   #10
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I used the aluminum pot that came with my turkey fryer for months never had a problem with off flavors. They work fine just don't use a really thin one or use acid based chemicals to wash them.

Dropping a tums or rolaids in your brew will add significantly more aluminum than will leech of the pot.

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